Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-10-21

Comparative religion specialist and author Jill Carroll will explore the topic "Islam and Humanistic Ideals" in a lecture at Samford University Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Her address at 3:30 p.m. in Brock Forum, located in Dwight Beeson Hall, will be related to her recent book, A Dialogue of Civilizations: Gulen's Islamic Ideals and Humanistic Discourse.

Dr. Carroll is executive director of the Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance at Rice University, where she is an associate adjunct professor in religious studies.

In Dialogue of Civilizations, Carroll explores the relationship between the thought of contemporary Islamic thinker Fethullah Gulen and major voices in the humanistic tradition such as Plato, Kant, Mill Confucius and Sartre. She is known for her ability to combine scholarly knowledge with a flair for real world application.

Samford philosophy department chair Dr. Dennis Sansom will respond to her presentation. A discussion will follow.

The public is invited to the lecture, which is sponsored by Samford's Howard College of Arts and Sciences, religion department, and the Peace Valley Foundation, an organization designed to foster understanding and knowledge between the people of Turkey and the U.S.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.